Saying Aramis Ramirez started off the season slow is an understatement.
The Milwaukee Brewers third baseman played as well as any one would expect—from a high school player.
According to Fangraphs.com, Ramirez managed to hit only .214 in April. He hit two home runs and mustered up 10 RBI during his pitiful month.
Manager Ron Roenicke didn't doubt his cleanup man for a second. While fans called for Ramirez to be moved to the No. 5 hole, Roenicke stuck with him.
I was one of those fans clamoring for a change. The former Chicago Cub got off to such an embarrassing start that I was even wondering if trading Casey McGehee was a mistake.
I may have jumped the gun a bit.
After signing a three-year, $36 million contract, Ramirez is finally producing like the Ramirez of old. Ramirez has raised his batting average each month. He batted .274 in May, .295 in June and .314 in four July games.
For the year, his line is .266/10/50. That's a pretty impressive and drastic improvement from his start.
Not only has he been providing with the bat lately, his glove has been a sure thing all season.
In 147 chances, Ramirez has only made five errors. That's a fielding percentage of .966, which ranks fourth in the National League among third basemen.
Aramis Ramirez has done a solid job replacing Prince Fielder.
If you compare their stats, there isn't much difference. Although Fielder has a much better batting average, he has only two more home runs and five more runs batted in. Ramirez should be happy with how he's performed.
After battling through a less-than-spectacular start to the season, Aramis Ramirez has bounced back, as he always does.
Without Ramirez, the Brewers' offense would be an absolute disgrace. Give credit to GM Doug Melvin for signing such a proven player.